Deal: Epson Artisan 710 $127.22 Delivered – Amazon

Epson Artisan 710 $127.22

Epson Artisan 710 Inkjet Printer - $128 from Amazon.com

Amazon offers the Epson Artisan 710 inkjet printer for $127.22 delivered.  The Artisan 710 is a great all-in-one 6-color photo printer that will print to CDs-DVDs, includes wireless or Ethernet networking. The once “optional” $30.00 auto duplexer is included with the Artisan 710 – print on both sides of the page (note: the Artisan 700 does not include the auto duplexer, but it is a $30.00 add-on option) is perfect for use with a continuous inking system (CIS, CISS) as the cartridges never move.

Artisan 710 inkjet printer - $128.00 delivered from Aamazon.com

CIS, CISS a no brainer for this system

The cartridges on this printer never move, so a CI system works perfectly with this printer.  Check out some videos and reviews here:

http://freedomtoprint.com/epson-inkjet-printer-reviews/epson/artisan-710/

Continuous inking system installation video.

How To: Epson Artisan 700 Scanner Unit Open Hack

Not really a hack – like an ink cartridge hack, more of a make your life easier exercise.

Why is this necessary?

When using a CI system with your Artisan 700, or 710 inkjet printer the tubing that sticks out from where the ink cartridges are installed, gets crushed by the scanner unit.  To prevent this, you can simply re-locate the scanner sensor that is right behind the cartridge slots – to the peg on the underside of the scanner lid. Very simple process, easy to do.

If you see this error, you will know what we mean:

The scanner unit is open, When replacing ink cartridges(s), close the scanner unit after replacing.

Epson Artisan 700 scanner unit open sensor removal and relocation.

The scanner lid is so sensitive that when routing your CI system tubing out the front, or even sides of the printer, the lid will not fully close without pinching the tubing.  All this requires is a screwdriver, some scotch tape, and some patience.

CI systems for this printer are available here.

Review – Epson Artisan 800 Waste Ink Reset Software

Et tu, Artisan 800?

Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support.

for info on the Octoinkjet external waste ink kit click here.

Waste ink error on the Epson Artisan 700, 710, 800, 810 series.

Your printer is not broken:

If you simply want to replace the pads, look here.

This error (service request) is common with Epson printers, however it seems to be coming up more lately, and more for the Epson Artisan series specifically.  Owners of the Epson Artisan 700, 710, 800, or 810 be on the look-out for the following error message that will cripple any printer use until resolved,

“Printer ink pads are at the end of their service life. Please contact Epson support.”

If you have used the SSC Service Utility for Epson Stylus printers, then this may not be new information to you (about the planned obsolescence of your Epson printer). We highly recommend SSC program for owners of older Epson printers. It is a 3rd party utility for resetting a number of things on your “presumed dead” Epson printer.

This is not a death sentence for your printer.  There is a way to reset this annoying little “error” for the Epson Artisan series, however it will cost you, and it’s not available trough Epson directly.  You can download the actual Epson service application over at http://www.2manuals.com/ for $20.00 and the error is corrected with the press of a button (resetting the waste ink counter).  This software is for PC only, so if you are a Mac user/owner you will need to boot into Windows if possible – if not, better find a friend with a Peecee you can borrow.  The fact that you have to pay $20.00 for the software is no fun, but at least its available for download, and it corrected the issue – the software also provides some other minimal printer intel.  Epson does provide a (software – PC only) reset utility for some printers, however the Artisan series are not listed there as of yet. They want serial number, name, eMail address, etc…

Epson Adjustment Program For Artisan 800. Waste ink pad reset issue.

Welcome screen once the Epson printer utility reset is open. PC only, this will not run on Mac OS

So for now, the only option we know of is to pay (a 3rd party) for the actual Epson Repair Utility.  We paid our $20.00 and the program worked perfectly – did exactly what we wanted it to do.  We also noticed some other neat monitoring features of the Epson software, but we were disappointed that we were unable to turn things off – scanner sensor, ink monitor, chip reset, etc.  There are a few cool utilities to reset the printer to out of the box condition (factory settings) – you can force a print head (ink) charge, check ink levels, but still frustrated with lack of the ability to disable things.  We tried an EEPROM dump, then attempted re-import and we got an error message to the effect, “you need other software.”

Our Epson Artisan 800 claims that the waste ink pads are full.

Waste ink pads say the need replacing. This is not true, however. Our printer only has 519 prints on it. (see below)

Long story short, it did what we wanted it to do, but wish it did more.  Your mileage may vary, and if you have ideas/ways to turn things off please let us know. The 2manuals offering at $20.00 is the actual Epson tech program.  This program is not distributed by Epson, not intended for public use.  Let’s just say we are not asking them where they got it.

After the waste ink reset process - just the push of a button really on our Epson Artisan 800 inkjet printer.

After clearing the waste in pad counters on the Artisan 800 inkjet printer.

It is also important to note that in some cases it may actually be necessary to replace the waste ink pads at some point, however our faulty Epson Artisan 800 inkjet printer only showed 519 prints, so this was an error message caused by something at the factory.  It was covered by warranty, but we had modified this Artisan 800 to work with our CI system, so warranty service was not an option.  Once a printer gets into the 10k-20k page range, it might be wise to either replace the actual waste ink pads, or another less maintenance option is to re-route the waste ink tube entirely.  We have run an Epson Stylus Photo R200 with a CI system for over 5 years, and after 3 resets, we have yet to replace the waste ink pads.

Lot’s of things to look at:

This is a composite image of what the adjustment program will let you adjust, and what it will let you look at.

Epson Artisan 800 Inkjet Reset Waste Ink Pad Software

Complete list of all the things you can do with the Epson utility software.

Printer information check:

We ran a printer information check before we reset the waste ink pads – just to know the totals.  As you can see below, this specific Epson Artisan 800 had only printed 519 pages according to this report.  Why this printer got the waste ink pad error message is a mystery.

Cannot be right?  The printer will not function at all until the waste ink pad situation is reset.

Information about our Epson Artisan 800 inkjet printer with the waste ink pad issue. Notice there have only been 519 pages print.

Review: That other way of routing your CIS tubing

Another CIS success story.

Kristen provides owners of the Epson Artisan 710 inkjet printer  – pictures, and a youtube video link of routing a continuous inking system (CIS) tubing through the back of the printer.  We still like the sensor method better, however Kristen mentioned that “the screw” was ultra-tight, or glued in place on her Artisan 700 inkjet printer.  We believe her and think this method also rocks.

Step-by-step process provided by Kristen.

Tools:

Epson Artisan 710 CIS, CISS, Continuous ink system - routing of CIS tubing back behind printer.

Tools she used. Pair of blunt-nose pliers, and box cutter.

Where to “grind”:

Epson Artisan 710 grinding required to route the tubing to the back of the printer.

Epson Artisan 710 grinding required to route the tubing to the back of the printer.

Tubing looks very nice:

Epson Artisan 700 CIS tubing routing towards the back of the printer.  Comes out the back of the printer, tube lays flat.

Epson Artisan 700 CIS tubing routing towards the back of the printer. Comes out the back of the printer, tube lays flat.

The finished project:

Epson Artisan 710 CIS continuous inking system connected through the back of the printer.

Epson Artisan 710 CIS continuous inking system connected through the back of the printer. Saving money on ink SUCCESS!

(nice duplexer).  The Artisan 710 includes the duplexer standard (translation, Epson no longer charges $30.00 for this as add-on).

Video?

If you work better with video, Kiristen was nice enough to send that link as well:

Difference between the Epson Artisan 700 or 710 and the Artisan 800 or 810

Main differences between the Artisan 700/710 and the Artisan 810:

The Epson Artisan 700 is Smaller Than The Artisan 800 Inkjet Printer From Epson.

  • Price difference ($???)
  • No built-in fax
  • No included auto duplexer (for printing on both sides of the page)
  • Scanner is 2400 dpi (optical) vs. 4800 dpi for Artisan 800/810
  • No auto document feeder
  • Cannot print from video clips
  • Smaller 2.5 inch LCD for viewing photos (no “on screen” controls)
  • OCR trial software not included

The Artisan 800 has all the features mentioned above, with the exception of the included auto duplexing attachment with the Artisan 810 – for the Artisan 800 it is available as a $29.99 add on.  Both the Artisan 700, and the Artisan 710 lack all the features above, but with one notable exception.  The Artisan 710, DOES include the auto duplexer device that will let you print on both sides of the paper.

Analog vs. Digital controls:

Epson Artisan 700 and 710 compared with the Artisan 800 and 810 series.

Video: Epson Artisan 800 With CI System

Epson Artisan 800 CIS:

Video looking at a CI System for an Epson Artisan 800 inkjet printer.  The functionality is this same for the Artisan 700, 710, and 810 6-color photo inkjet printers.  Cost per print is in the .01 cent range.  Seriously.

Review: Continuous Ink System For Artisan 800 810 (CIS CISS Bulk)

Epson Artisan 800 – 810 With CIS System:

Epson Artisan 800 WIth CIS CISS Continuous Ink System Freedom To Print

The Artisan 800 and Artisan 810 are identical in configuration, look, shape, cartridges used, with the exception of one piece of hardware.  The Epson auto duplexer is included with the Artisan 810 – available as a $30.00 add-on for Artisan 800, and 700 owners.

Going to be the last printer we ever purchase – seriously. The highlights?

  1. Wireless – (not a big deal now, but will be a favorite feature quickly)
  2. Six (6) cartridge system that does not move (makes using a CIS a must do)
  3. Really nice quality prints on photo paper or plain paper
  4. No more worries about ink
  5. Fax built-in
  6. Scanner is 4800 dpi – think postage stamp blown up to the size of a billboard
  7. Media readers (mounts accessible networked volumes – nifty feature)
  8. Paper tray is small, but will hold plain paper and 4×6, or 5×7 photo paper in the top section. Holds two sizes.  Can automatically determine what paper is used or selected
  9. Large 7.8 inch display makes using without a computer easier than when connected to the printer.
  10. Optional $30.00 duplxer (prints on both sides automatically)
  11. Prints to CDs – and it looks cool, hidden CD tray

Great printer – but not if you are using Epson’s cartridge.  Incredibly, the Epson Artisan 800 is a perfectly built printer to take advantage of a continuous inking system (bulk ink).  The CIS has no moving parts, and ink is fed directly to the printer as it needs it.  Just a wonderful set-up, and can be had for cheap.  Think cost per page in the .02-.03 range – 4-color photo printing.  The Artisan 800 has 6 cartridges (colors) which makes photos, presentations, or even simple prints look fantastic.

Click here for youtube video

Epson Artisan CIS CISS Bulk Ink System 119.00 And Never Buy Another Cartridge

Artisan Owners $120.00 For CIS

Already own an Epson Artisan 700, 710, 800, 810 inkjet printer – no problem.  Kits are incredibly simple to install, and you can kiss buying cartridges goodbye.  Estimate paying in the $95-$120 range (with shipping and taxes) for a good system.  Prints rated at 3,000 for included ink, 5,000 pages after with simple $40.00 full set refill.

Easy installation for your Artisan 800 Epson CIS CISS Bulk Ink System.

Easy installation for your Artisan 800 Epson CIS CISS Bulk Ink System.

Easy installation for your Artisan 800 Epson CIS CISS Bulk Ink System.

Easy installation for your Artisan 800 Epson CIS CISS Bulk Ink System.

Press this reset button when the printer claims it's out of ink.

Artisan 800 Ink Sits Outside The Printer CIS CISS

Prints so cheap…you can print!

The ink sits outside the printer and is easily refilled.  As stated earlier, after the initial 40-50ml of ink that is included with the system is used (about 3,000 pages) – refills will run you $50.00 a box for all 6 colors (120ml each bottle).  Not a bad deal, and most likely the last ink you will ever purchase. A plus from us.

Check out this video and see what we mean about no moving parts.  The cartridges in the CI system do not move.